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    Re: Observations on the Rating of Speakers (long)

    Maynard, you've given me inspiration for my next stats class!:D

    Your QC analogy is pretty comprehensive. Now add in the non typical venue (room acoustics) and your QC people are doing color matching under sodium vapor lights...

    Put those "best" 4-6 speakers in front of most of us, and I'll bet we could hear subtle differences. Which is "best" will be a matter of personal taste.

    If there has to be judging, maybe another way to judge would be for each "registered" participant to be given 3 "voting" poker chips. Put a can with a drop slot in front of every speaker. You can put 1-3 chips in any can. Report those with 5-10 chips ; 10-20 etc. ;
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      Re: Observations on the Rating of Speakers (long)

      People who are chosen as speaker system judges should undergo a hearing test first. Then choose the judges who have the highest rating and send the rest to Bose.
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        Re: Observations on the Rating of Speakers (long)

        Originally posted by gowa View Post
        People who are chosen as speaker system judges should undergo a hearing test first. Then choose the judges who have the highest rating and send the rest to Bose.
        If that were the case, I'd be a judge. Just ask Jim Holtz... and refer to my most recent hearing tests being perfect. Not boasting, as I have a counter-statement; You must either have been acoustically trained, played in a symphonic band, played an instrument, or built many speakers. There's more to it than good hearing.
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          Re: Observations on the Rating of Speakers (long)

          Originally posted by LouC View Post
          If there has to be judging, maybe another way to judge would be for each "registered" participant to be given 3 "voting" poker chips. Put a can with a drop slot in front of every speaker. You can put 1-3 chips in any can. Report those with 5-10 chips ; 10-20 etc. ;
          youv've got the idea. . http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Wisdom_of_Crowds

          my 2c worth,
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            Re: Observations on the Rating of Speakers (long)

            Wolf, you are wise beyond your ears. Good point.
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            • #7
              Re: Observations on the Rating of Speakers (long)

              Originally posted by gowa View Post
              Wolf, you are wise beyond your ears. Good point.
              I see what you did, there. ;)

              And I really like the idea of poker chips as a method of voting. You'd still want there to be some delineation between the various speaker classes so that one design doesn't entirely steal the whole freakin' show, but as poker chips usually come in 3 or 4 colors, that's easy to do. Instead of "budget", "midrange" and "unlimited", the classes become "white", "red", and "blue".
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              • #8
                Re: Observations on the Rating of Speakers (long)

                I'm glad you decided to post this Maynard. I would also like to point out that this doesn't mean that the judging has no value it just means that we have to take the scores with a grain of salt. It also give a good argument for making the evaluation sheets for the Iowa event a little smaller.

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                • #9
                  Re: Observations on the Rating of Speakers (long)

                  Bump.

                  With Dayton 2009 coming up this serves as a reminder to those participating. Their truly are limits to the usability of results from the judging.

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